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Doctor's Diagnosis: Fibromyalgia

FIBROMYALGIA

I have always found that one of the most difficult undertakings in all of medicine is to look a patient in the eye and say, “I don’t know.” After years of training, the last thing in the world you want to do is explain to a sick patient that you simply do not have the answers to many of the questions that are so important to them.Patients usually assume that once they are given...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Emphysema

Emphysema

Growing up in the Bronx, I would frequently visit my friend Mike’s apartment to see if he could come out and play. Invariably, his mom would first make us go to the store and buy her a pack of cigarettes. It was a different era: Smoking was sophisticated, and the man behind the counter wasn’t interested in checking ID cards.

It wasn’t until years later that I figured out why...

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Virginia newlyweds ask for blood instead of gifts

Virginia newlyweds Monica and Barry Gamble asked their

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A couple's wedding registry is a time-honored tradition that usually presents their guests with a list of appliances and household tchotchkes with which to say, "Congratulations."

And while we've heard of newlyweds requesting donations to their favorite charities instead, one Virginia couple put a whole new spin on the tradition.

Monica and Barry Gamble asked their guests to give a donation...

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Tips for exercising in the heat this summer

Even though our bodies contain a natural cooling

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While the Long Island summer months tend to breed an eagerness to exercise outdoors, people should also be aware of the potential for a heat-related emergency.

Even though our bodies contain a natural cooling mechanism -- perspiration -- it can still overheat and lead to heat stroke, a potentially deadly condition.

Heat Stroke, the point when organs begin to fail and shut down, is normally...

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President Obama Poland workout video leaks

A video leaked this week of President Obama

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While it's not technically a #MotivationMonday, when isn't a bit of inspiration a good thing?

If you haven't already seen, a video leaked this week of President Obama getting his workout on in a hotel gym in Warsaw, Poland. That's right, even the president of the United States manages to find time to work up a bit of a sweat.

In the video, which is just a bit over a minute long, the...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Vitamin D

Calcium is a mineral that helps give bones

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VITAMIN D

My wife of over 20 years was not happy when she played back the message the doctor had left on the answering machine: “You need to take vitamin D and calcium and do more weight-bearing exercise.” Being a business executive and not a health-care worker, she turned to me for an explanation.

Like an ever-increasing number of patients, she had undergone a bone-density test to assess...

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Memory problems after chemo linked to brain changes, study says

Breast cancer survivors who had chemotherapy show changes

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Breast cancer survivors who had chemotherapy show changes in brain activity during multitasking chores, according to a new Belgian study.

These findings may partly explain the phenomenon dubbed "chemo brain." For years, people who've had chemotherapy have reported changes in thinking and memory, especially when doing more than one thing at once.

"Before you can fix a problem, you need...

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Iodine deficiency common in pregnancy, pediatricians warn

Many pregnant and breast-feeding women are deficient in

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Many pregnant and breast-feeding women are deficient in iodine and should take a daily supplement containing iodide, according to a leading group of pediatricians.

Iodine, generally obtained from iodized salt, produces thyroid hormone, an essential component for normal brain development in the developing baby.

But as consumption of processed foods has increased, so has iodine deficiency...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a very common bacterial sexually transmitted

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CHLAMYDIA

Even though chlamydia is relatively easily to diagnose and treat, I always found dealing with chlamydia patients extremely frustrating. Let me explain.

Chlamydia is a very common bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD), with more than a million new cases each year in the United States. It can be easily spread by vaginal, oral or anal sex.

Patients with chlamydia...

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Cheaper food may be fueling U.S. obesity epidemic

Cheaper food could be a major cause of

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Cheaper food could be a major cause of the obesity epidemic in the United States, according to a new study.

The study also found that it's an epidemic that is hitting all Americans, not just certain groups.

"Not only has food been getting cheaper, but it is easier to acquire and easier to prepare," Roland Sturm, lead author of the report and a senior economist at RAND, a nonprofit research...

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